Recently I was asked what camera equipment I use? Below is a list camera equipment I use. However you may have different needs than I have. There are many top rate camera systems out there like Nikon and Canon among others. Just remember it’s the photographer that takes the pictures not the camera.
Nikon D300s SLR Digital Camera
Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor AF Lens
Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens
With B+W 67mm Circular Polarizer Multi-Resistant Coated (MRC) Filter
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR Lens (Old Version) This in the New Version.Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens
Kirk LP-45 Replacement Arca-Type Quick Release Lens Plate/Foot – for the Nikon 70-200mmlens
Nikon TC-20E II 2x Teleconverter for AF-S (Old Version) This in the New Version. Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses
Canon 77mm 500D Close-up Lens
Note: You can use the 500D close-up lens on any brand lens that has a 77mm filter thread on the front of the lens. I use this close-up lens on my 70-200 mm . The 500D screws right onto the front of my 70-200 mm lens. This is a great macro lens adapter with good depth of field.
Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set DG (12, 20 & 36mm Tubes) for Nikon Digital and Film Cameras
with Nikon 70-200mm lens, the extension tubes and the Canon 77 mm 500 D you can get really close to your subject.
Nikon 77mm Circular Polarizer Glass Filter II (Slim) for my 12-24mm lens
With B+W 67mm Circular Polarizer Multi-Resistant Coated (MRC) Filter for my 16-85mm lens
With B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer Filter (Single Coated) for my 70-200mm lens
B+W 77mm #103 Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Filter
B+W 77mm #106 Neutral Density (ND) 1.8 Filter
I have two neutral density filters one light and one little darker depending on the lighting situations. I like to use this filter when I am shooting waterfalls and streams to give you that milky smooth water look.
Nikon SB-600 flash unit.
This is an older Nikon flash but is adequate for the shooting I do. I would recommend getting new Nikon SB-900
Photogenic Chameleon Collapsible Reflector 5-in-1 – 22″ Circular – Black, Silver, White, Gold and Translucent
The circular reflectors collapse and will fit in your backpack. They work great in difficult lighting situations where all you need is a little reflection or diffusion.
Visual Echoes FX4 Better Beamer Flash Extender for Use with Telephoto Lenses – for Nikon SB-800 & SB-600
This little device mount on your flash and it concentrates the light into a narrow beam. So if you’re taking a picture of a small bird that is 40 or 50 feet away or further. The bird is illuminated even though the flash normally would not be able to reach that distance.
Nikon MC-30 Remote Trigger Release
This is a must. Along with a good camera tripod and remote triggerallows you to get the sharpest images possible from your camera.
B+W Step-Up Ring (Lens to Filter) 67mm – 77mm
This B+W Step Up Ring enables a filter with an attachment size of 77mm to be used with a lens with an attachment size of 67mm. Like on my 16-85mm Nikon lens.
Lowepro Pro Runner 200 AW Backpack (Black)
Sort of a medium small backpack. I love this backpack for everyday use I can pack everything I need for that particular day of shooting its light weight and easy to take on a day hike.
Porter Case PCi Deluxe Camera Divider Case with Cart
This is the case I use when I travel on airplanes. It meets FAA Specs for Carry-on Luggage at least here in the US. It also opens up into a luggage cart which can carry three or four other bags on top of it. The new versions now has TSA locks on them. Inside there are Velcro dividers and enough room to hold most of my equipment.
Hoodman H-EyeN22S Hoodeye for Nikon square 22nn SLR Line
This is a little eyecup that mounts on the back of the camera’s iee piece. that helps keep the light on the camera.
Hoodman H-LPP3 Hoodloupe 3.0 Professional 3 inch screen loupe
This is a handy little piece of equipment. It allows you to view the LCD screen on the back your camera in bright light situations.
EN-EL3e AC/DC Compact Digital Camera Battery Charge
This is a handy little charger that works by plugging in or has a car adapter. Great for travel.
Pearstone EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion Battery Pack for Select Nikon DSLRs (7.4V, 1500mAh)
I always carry a couple extra batteries. Especially in an area where you can’t charge up the batteries.
SDHC Memory Cards
Kingston Sd10/16gb Sdhc Gen 2 (class 10)
Kingston Sd10/8gb Sdhc Gen 2 (class 10)
Kingston 16GB Ultimate CompactFlash 600x Memory Card
Transcend 8GB 600X CompactFlash Extreme Plus UDMA Card
The Nikon D300s camera takes both CompactFlash and SD cards along with SDHC cards. I usually carry a half dozen of these cards with me when I travel. Usually 4,8 or 16 GB.
Manfrotto 055XPROB Aluminum Tripod Legs (Black)
Giottos MH-1300 Pro Series II Large Ballhead with MH-657 Quick Release System – Supports 25 lbs (11.3 kg) ( Arca Swiss standard
Kirk BL-D300 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D300 Camera Body
A tripod is necessary for good outdoor photography. This one is tall sturdy and does a good job. The ball head that I use is heavy-duty and handles all my cameras and lenses. It uses Arca Swiss type quick release plate. Which works with my Kirk right angle bracket And a quick release plate for my 70-200 mm lens.